Her story is still told in movies, books, documentaries, traveling exhibits and permanent museums. This 1906-O Barber half-dollar belonged to Titanic victim John W.
It was recovered from the trouser pockets on his corpse. The provenance is beyond question and the origin irrefutable. Even the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) which understandably takes an ultra-cautionary approach before endorsing a pedigree and imprinting it on the slab concurs with the origin. The Gill archive continues unchallenged as the best documented artifacts recovered from the disaster. Any piece linked to Gill creates a stir, as the authenticity is beyond reproach.Gill was a Second Class passenger on the RMS Titanic. The 24-year-old planned to sail to America to begin a new life with his wife and father-in- law. At the last moment, his wife and her father decided to remain in Eng-land to sell the fathers business. John and his wife, Sarah, were married on Valentines Day, 1912--only two months before the tragedy. After she learned of his death, Sarah fell into a state of shock and was unable to speak for more than twenty years.
She resumed talking only after falling down a flight of stairs. The pain evoked by viewing her late-husbands belongings caused her to sequester them in a drawer. Gill's possessions were carefully inventoried by a provincial secretary in Nova Scotia. The items were placed inside a canvas bag stamped 155, corresponding to the order in which his body was recovered. The bag now serves as the centerpiece of the exhibit at the Titanic Museum.Among the items were his pocket watch; the hands of which froze three minutes after the Titanic fell beneath the ocean surface. Everything remained inside the bag until 2002, when auctioned by Henry Aldridge of England; the holdings brought a staggering amount. So much so, that the assemblage was later broken into individual lots so that more collectors could afford the items. The Barber half was featured on the cover of the catalog. That this coin survived the disaster on April 15, 1912, while Gill himself didn't, offers a poignant reminder of the frailty of human life.
This silver disk endured the frigid saltwater of the north Atlantic, which was inhospitable to human life, even for a brief period. Not merely a numismatic link to the greatest maritime disaster in history, but a tangible relic of a young couples promising future, which crashed to the ocean floor along with the vessel, touted as being unsinkable. The central piece in this museum-worthy assemblage remains the unparalleled 1906-O Barber half dollar certified by NGC as originating from the corpse of John W. The next curator is annexing far more than a coin, that person is receiving an irreplaceable link to a history-defining moment.
At a certain point, success is no longer measured in dollars, but rather by the prestige and privilege to acquire trophies beyond the imagination of most collectors; a rare collision of fantasy and reality. An opportunity to reward oneself for a lifetime of hard work. Despite the coins million-dollar history it. AS SEEN ON THE HISTORY CHANNELS.
For additional information, please contact Frederick Bart at 586.979.3400. Although we believe our asking price is very fair when compared to the price realized for John Gill's pocket watch, please do not hesitate to make a counteroffer if you believe a slight discount may land this maritime disaster relic into your collection. Terms and Conditions of Sale.  All items guaranteed genuine as described without time limit. Because grading remains a subjective opinion which varies between examiner and examiner, current or future difference in grades do NOT constitute lack of authenticity.
 However, NO item shall be accepted for return after submission to a third-party grading service. If purchasing third-party graded ("slabbed") notes are of importance, we respectfully request you consider only notes which are already encapsulated.  Any request for variance to these Terms and Conditions must be executed in writing before a sale. The item "NUMISMATIC RELIC from the TITANIC=JOHN W. GILL=1906 O Barber 50c=NGC Certified" is in sale since Friday, February 19, 2016.
This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ US\Half Dollars\Barber (1892-1915)". The seller is "bartinccor" and is located in Roseville, Michigan. This item can be shipped to United States.